JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from September through June. Admission is free.

NEXT MEETING (via Zoom):  

"Bubbe Was from Gubernia! How to Find Your Eastern European
Town of Origin,"
presented by Jennifer Mendelsohn

Monday, October 3, 2022, at 7 PM PDT via Zoom

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The key to successful Jewish genealogical research is to first identify the specific towns in which your ancestors lived before they emigrated. Jennifer Mendelsohn will explain how to use a comprehensive assortment of English-language, American records, available both online and off, to identify your family's towns of origin. She will also go over how to navigate name changes across languages and share some investigative strategies that can help newcomers achieve research success.


Jennifer Mendelsohn began her career as a print journalist. A former Washington, DC-based special correspondent for People magazine, she has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, and Time, among many others.

A native Long Islander now based in Baltimore, Mendelsohn serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and is the administrator of Facebook’s Jewish genetic genealogy group. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Mendelsohn’s genealogical sleuthing was featured in the 2019 bestseller Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. She has also received international media attention as the creator of the movement known as #resistancegenealogy, a project that uses genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past.

November 14: "Putting Your Family in Context: The History of Jews in Ukraine," by Tammy Hepps
December 12: TBD